Not too long ago, I realized that the rituals and symbols in the Bible are actually allusions to what they really represent. My challenge is simple.
There are many believers here with broad perspectives and backgrounds. I will list out as many symbols and rituals that I can think of in this post.
After this, follow my lead and add elements I missed or find missing symbols to translate in improved ways. Back your references up with scripture
when necessary. There is no reason to debate here. Either agree or disagree with a better argument. Work together.
The following list represent my mental glossary for reading the Words of God:
Baptism - Immersion into the material world.
Lord's Supper - The theological masterpiece of the bread and the cup. The bread is Christ's body which was offered up to God for our sin. The cup is
the message of forgiveness. Again, Christ's work to free us stands as the sacrifice of His body for the body of believers given to God as acceptable
for inclusion into the kingdom of God. We are brought into God's family in the universe. The bread is an allusion to bread of shame. We have
nothing to offer God in our state of fallen nature. God provides our reality and the very bread of life we possess. We do nothing for God in return.
This causes bread of shame. The cup we offer back to God is love for His Son and the love we express to others by following the example of Christ.
The cup is the life we live to remove bread of shame. Faith produces works acceptable to God. The fruit of the spirit produces new possibilities
only from love.
Born Again - The process the soul takes to experience the Kingdoms of God
Water - Energy projected into form for life. Solar cycle. Blood of the body.
Spirit rebirth - Gaining union with God's spirit in love. The next step from life in the material water of reality.
Temple - The human mind where the spirit of God resides. Mind is what is developed from the resource of consciousness (Spirit).
Veil - The veil over consciousness to separate God from our awareness. Keeps us from living by fact instead of faith.
Circumcision - Cutting away of pride and the animal nature from learning the difference between good and evil; love and hatred. Creating a different
type of desire based on awareness of God's law of love against the potential for evil.
Creation - Energy, Time, Matter and Space. Genesis 1:1 In the Beginning (Time), God created the heavens (Space) and the earth (Matter). Let there be
light (Energy). Taking nothing to something from infinity.
Father - Light - Energy and Wave
Son - Word - LOGOS - Governing wave of creation. Light is a duality of both particle and wave creating all the form of substance around us.
Ultimately expressed in the form of the Living Word of God in material reality. Jesus came to show us the way as the Son of God on earth. The Son
created reality and is the second person of the one Godhead.
Holy Spirit - Consciousness perfected
Spirit - Conscious in one state or another
Soul - The housing of consciousness animating the body. A vessel of consciousness.
Image - Energy projected into the third dimension of time, space and matter. Genesis 1:27
Body - Bio-mechanical suit worn to sense reality.
Holy - Ability to love over pride
Salvation - Raised consciousness into spirit consciousness - The soul moves to a new body in spirit instead of material.
Sacrifice - Giving up a treasure or advantage for the greater good of the many.
Witness - Observation for learning. Demonstration for lessons in wisdom.
Justice - Preserving equity for the many and ensuring that the few cannot take advantage of the many.
Kingdom of God - The Multiverse
Infinity - All that is or can be. God encompasses infinity and is at rest when not creating. Creation is in movement when God is at rest. When God
creates, the universe is at rest.
Jubilee - Traditionally, a time when all debts are forgiven at the end of seven years.
One Day to God - 1000 years
One week to God - 7000 years
Age - 2000 years
Prophecy - Foreknowledge of the fourth dimension as viewed from dimensions above.
Refiner's Fire - The development of sentience and artificial consciousness by trails and tribulations.
Tree of Life - DNA - The ability to sequence and refine life into form and function.
Tree of Knowledge - Inquiry and discovery of science by means of logic and reason.
Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge - Technology
Fruit of the Tree of Life - Movement of consciousness from one vehicle to another. The ability to build a vehicle for the soul.
Flaming Sword that Protects the Tree of Life - God's consuming fire that cuts away pride. The tree of life is protected until man learns to love
others completely and do no harm from his works.
Works - Collapsing the indeterminate wave of infinity. Selecting a possibility from infinity and collapsing it into the fourth dimension to produce
changed states in matter and consciousness.
Israel - Being chosen by God for faith to salvation. Raising toward love for God and others. Trials by the refiner's fire. Progression through the
wilderness. Being brought to the promised land.
Egypt - Slavery on Earth for the purpose of work toward learning and the development of sentience according to the law of love.
Exodus - Transposing from material reality to spirit and back again. Development of new areas of the kingdom.
Law - Guardian of man while in the refiners fire. Ultimately, the only law is love. Love is absolute in protection of the kingdom of God. See
Galatians 3, end of chapter.
This is how I read the Bible when working my way through various books. I may be incorrect in some areas and dead on in others. You decide. Feel
free to add more from your own insight.
Fallen - losing a former estate with God from pride.
Slavery - Working off debt to God for the ultimate purpose of gaining a holy consciousness.
Wilderness - Material world where we learn to love others by experience and harsh lessons.
Raised to new Life - Finding love and gaining a new vehicle for the soul.
Gifts - Abilities for the consciousness. Here on earth, we can move and think. We can create from Space, time, energy and matter. From movement and
thought, we can create abilities from the resources around us. Music and art are two examples of universal realities that can be used for the
development of gifts. There are many others.
Satan - Darkness - That which has no value to the light. The properties of energy which hinders the light from accomplishing its potential.
Collapsing the indeterminate wave of infinity must have the potential for darkness or there would be no free will or choice possible. To have
something form nothing, there must be choice. Evil is an outcome that must exist until all darkness is removed and only light is left. Light is
perfected and enjoyed beyond this point. Darkness is eventually separated completely.
Hell - God separates the light from the darkness. We choose our location by the life we live. Either we move with the darkness away form God or we
move with the light toward God. Choices reflect our ultimate destination.
FAITH - Finding God apart from fact.
HOPE - A hope that God can accomplish what He says. Ultimately, our hope is in the illusion of death and the reality of eternal life in God's kingdom
of infinite possibility.
LOVE - The point of life. Love is defined in 1 Corinthians 13. No higher truth exists.
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